Wednesday January 4th – Open Thread

Tomb of the Unknown ChristmasOur Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but DELIVER US FROM EVIL.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen †

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115 Responses to Wednesday January 4th – Open Thread

  1. Dommy says:

    Jesus Christ is Lord.

    Liked by 11 people

  2. Garrison Hall says:

    Manual Ponce was a Mexican composer, a contemporary and friend of the great virtuoso Andre Segovia. These moody preludes are revered among classical guitarists for their mysterious lyricism.

    Liked by 6 people

  3. MaryfromMarin says:

    Close one door, another is forced open:

    The Routes Used by Organized Crime to Traffic “Refugees” Into Europe

    Liked by 3 people

  4. aredtailblog says:

    Happy result out of an unfortunate event in Poland:

    Liked by 1 person

  5. decisiontime16 says:

    Ecclesiastes 10:2-3 (NIV)

    2 The heart of the wise inclines to the right,
    but the heart of the fool to the left.
    3 Even as fools walk along the road,
    they lack sense
    and show everyone how stupid they are.

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  6. citizen817 says:

    Israel’s ‘flying car’ passenger drone moves closer to delivery

    After 15 years of development, an Israeli tech firm is optimistic it will finally get its 1,500 kg (1.5 tonne) passenger carrying drone off the ground and into the market by 2020.

    The Cormorant, billed as a flying car, is capable of transporting 500kg (around half a tonne) of weight and traveling at 185 km (115 miles) per hour. It completed its first automated solo flight over terrain in November. Its total price is estimated at $14 million.

    “It could revolutionize several aspects of warfare, including medical evacuation of soldiers on the battlefield,” said Tal Inbar, head of the UAV research center at Israel’s Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies.

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  7. georgiafl says:

    This guitar piece* saw me through a devastating loss. I would play it over and over. Mr. Parkening’s faith and his own life struggles met mine somehow and were able to soothe and comfort. Music can be medicine for spirit, soul and body.

    *A couple of Parkening and Segovia albums, Kings College choir hymns, Robert Shaw, Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D played very loud – and several other composers were such deep comfort.

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  8. Dora says:

    Vincent van Gogh – Fritillaries in a Copper Vase (1887)

    Liked by 9 people

    • georgiafl says:

      Breath-takingly wonderful! This one in particular is rarely seen and amazing. My daughter has a collection of Van Gogh art posters that look like NFL/SGA land and seascapes. They are small, unusual and yet each a masterwork.

      Mr. Van Gogh felt every detail and portion of his subjects intensely and with such love to the depths of his soul. His work is never trite, brush strokes each intentional, never mindlessly repetitive. I could look at Van Gogh’s paintings for hours.

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      • skeinster says:

        I actually got to see this in a traveling exhibit of floral paintings at the DMA.
        Wonderful in the flesh, as it were.

        Liked by 2 people

      • Rudy Bowen says:

        I’ve never cared for van Gogh. There is something too primal, too much of chaos to his paintings, to me. Not to mention madness.


        • georgiafl says:

          I used to feel that way….but now I understand his instability, lability and hypersensitivity as consequence of trauma….and his art a gift to others who have endured trauma. II Corinthians 1:3-4


    • WSB says:

      I’ve never seen this one! Beautiful, and so different from other paintings by Van Gogh!


  9. Janie M. says:

    Initially saw part of this young lady’s tweet over at pinterest and had an awww moment. So I went over to her twitter page and scrolled through the various tweets. She is in grad school and her goal is to be a biochemist and astronaut. I hope her dreams come true and have no doubt that they will.

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  10. nwtex says:

    Very sweet. I am pleased that they are releasing this early…it was slated for Spring.
    I believe I see her Bible on the coffee table. I believe it was Todd who said Debbie is close to God and speaks to Him in a special way (may not be exact wording but I believe it is).
    Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds A Year in Their Lives Captured in Documentary

    Carrie Fisher and her mom, Debbie Reynolds, are the subjects of a poignant documentary about their bond … professionally and personally.

    HBO just released the trailer for “Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds” … which was shot over more than a year during 2014 and 2015.

    It comes out Jan. 7, and features mother and daughter sharing moments made even more emotional after their deaths.

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  11. smiley says:

    Snow Study, Cornish Farm

    (no date)

    oil & pencil on paper

    Hannah Woodman (b. 1968)~ Contemporary Abstract~ Landscape

    Cornwall, UK


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  12. nwtex says:

    This is sooo sweet. I love the music! Don’t know if that is Kanye singing but if so I am impressed…. I didn’t know he could.

    January 3, 2017 7:54 AM

    Kim Kardashian kicked off 2017 by giving her fans an intimate look inside her personal life with husband Kanye West and their children.

    The reality TV star, who has kept a low profile on social media since being robbed in Paris back in October, just shared some home videos on her app — and they’re incredibly sweet.

    The 2 1/2 minute montage included never-before-seen footage of the couple and kids North West and Saint as they hang out at home, attend New York Fashion Week, go to the MTV Video Music Awards and wish West good luck before one of his concerts. The footage is from both before and after the robbery and Kanye’s hospitalization.

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  13. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ y’all infidels!

    Liked by 6 people

  14. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
    Romans 8:38 (KJV)

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  15. G-d&Country says:
    Feds Create ‘Super Weed’ Epidemic Across Midwest
    In misguided effort to help bees, government spawns farmland infestation crisis
    by Jim Stinson | Updated 28 Dec 2016 at 12:20 PM
    In an attempt to produce more habitats for bees and wildlife, the federal government inadvertently planted “super weeds” across the Midwest, potentially threatening tens of thousands of acres of farmland.
    Time to stock up on soy, corn, and any farm animal meat that feeds on them. Gov’t stupidity of common core sjw “educated people” ,or trying to get us off meat by decreasing feed and increasing prices?


  16. Dora says:

    A few years ago Hubby and I signed up for a tour of Israel. Following a terrorist attack, it was said to be too dangerous and the church cancelled the tour. I’ve always wanted to go

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  17. G-d&Country says:
    December 29, 2016 5:55 PM
    Could your high-tech gadgets send you to jail?
    By Scott Canon
    Feel like no one ever really listens to you?
    Your gadgets do. That may not always be a good thing.
    Buying a so-called smart speaker such as the Echo — or its chief competitor, Google Home — is like plugging Big Brother into your living room. [or a smart refrigerator,or as Petreaus happily said: gov’t no longer needs to plant bugs in people’s homes, they just listen through your dishwasher – which he thought was great.]
    comment by: Mat Helm
    Bugging my own home doesn’t make me the brightest bulb in the pack? Who’d of known….


  18. One thing to consider on a medical system overhaul….keep in mind ‘Obamacare’ only addresses access to insurance and not medical care. There are issues with medical care that should also be addressed.

    We probably all have a story similar to this but there is an elderly woman in my extended family that was talked into major surgery after her husband died. In fact there are two in my extended family but one turned out okay and the other not so well.

    So this woman underwent back surgery to correct a spinal issue that was causing pain for her since she was a teenager (she was in her 60’s when the procedure was performed). They left a sponge inside her which led to an infection that cannot be eradicated. There were follow up surgeries to remove the sponge and clean out the area, follow up emergency room visits with infection complications, more surgeries, nursing care, physical therapy, and now depression and pondering 24/7 nursing home.

    First, this talking older folks into surgery to correct life long issues reeks of money grubbing. She would have been way better off keeping the situation she originally had. Second, the initial and all follow up medical care was paid for out of your insurance.

    Now let me ask you a question…if you take your car to the service professional to take care of a squeak and the mechanic screws something up and wrecks some other aspect of your car, who pays for the resulting damage? Exactly! In my opinion, the medical profession needs a consideration for warranty coverage on the work they do. Why should they make money on what they did? It leads to mistakes on purpose for follow up surgeries and other things while we all get dinged in insurance coverage and the hospitals get to add a new wing.

    Something to think about.

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    • wondering999 says:

      I would add to this that “medical care” does not just mean surgeons or exams/advice from M.D.s “Medical care” also means services from a host of other people: nurses, CNAs, sanitation staff. The entire team has to be able to do their work correctly for projects to work.

      Recently talked with a woman who recalled healthcare practices before the “Standard Precautions” that arose in response to the AIDS epidemic. She told me that she had been directed to clean patients with ONLY ONE glove, to hold down nursing home expenses, back in the early 80s.

      A different person cleaned in hospitals, and was promoted to cleaning operating rooms (because she actually does her job thoroughly and someone noticed). She noted that sometimes her coworkers didn’t actually clean rooms but just went through the motions.

      Because of changes to state/federal laws, nurses/care staff can be held responsible for damage to people with disabilities that rises out of personal decisions. If a diagnosed diabetic goes on a binge that results in coma/death/blindness/amputation that person’s caretaker can still be held responsible. because it would have been “an infringement of human rights” to restrict access to sugary temptations.

      Not many people want to work in healthcare under unsafe conditions, or where they are asked to do the impossible.

      Repeating what was said above: the laws can provide access to INSURANCE BUT NOT TO HEALTHCARE. It is wise to teach yourself, your family and your community how to provide basic healthcare in ways that do not involve either insurance or the government, because those systems are very confused

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  19. aliashubbatch says:

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  20. georgiafl says:

    Looks like the ‘Shiners’ and their runners with hidden tanks under the seats of their high HP coupes are about to hit the roads into Pennsylvania moving tanks of Diet and Sugar Drinks into Philly.
    Cue: New versions of Thunder Road and moonshiners vs revenuers songs and movies.


  21. ruralnc says:

    When Hurricane Matthew hit, the people in eastern NC got the worst of it. It’s my understanding that the area is still having problems; my county GOP’s women’s group sent them gift cards for Christmas. I hope they are ok. I appreciate this sweet story about how a dog helped an elderly woman after the storm in that area.

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  22. Bob Thoms says:

    Dr. Steven Weissman was on Tucker Carlson show last night. He made alot of sense with regard to transparency and predatory health care pricing. A poor video of the show is below – apologies for the poor quality…….he has an online petition. Link provided. Please sign if you are so inclined.

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  23. andi lee says:

    State Law vs Federal Law, and the critical knowledge YOUR RIGHTS are supreme to both!

    I am posting Mr. Bundy’s video because this salt of the earth cowboy, that most have mocked and/or ridiculed, shamed, or just plain, ignored, is SMARTER than you are.

    The Bundy’s proves their case by SCOTUS agreeing with his position. The Bundy’s won. The last family of 53 families in his community of ranchers to endure and survive the abusive tactics of a government gone rogue, and politicians, like Harry Reid, for one.

    He, like Mr. Means, is doing his level-best to get you to wake up to the federal overreach into our lives, no matter, status in life or station. I want to share it with you, and ask to please pay it forward, share this video. Knowledge is power. God bless!

    ~Listen. Learn. Live. Life. Love. Liberty!


  24. smiley says:

    for he’s a jolly good jello !

    Obama’s Loud Last White House Shindig

    Jan 4, 2017

    this coming Friday !


    close friends & major donors !

    Final Bash !


  25. seventhndr says:

    Regarding the ongoing Drudge attacks and other sites…

    I used to use public DNS servers “back in the day”. I haven’t messed with it in a while as Time Warner seems to work well enough. However, it seems much of the DOS attacks on drudge have been against DNS servers. I just received an error that the name could not be resolved.

    I know TW uses a 3rd party for their DNS and I believe it is Google DNS rebranded (often when you mistype a URL it sends you to a TW branded google results page).

    Anyway, I decided to go back to a public DNS server and thought I’d share my research and results.

    There are several out there and I used to use OpenDNS. They have since been bought out by CISCO. Not sure what to think of that. They are a large and probably THE largest network device manufacture out there. Being as I do not know their motives with the purchase of OpenDNS, I decided to search further.

    Being as my ISP seems to use google, I definitely do not want that. Not only probably a big target for attacks that can affect my service, they love to track you, sell your info, and leg hump the DNC.
    There are many others out there, and you can see a decent overview of them here: Not all of them promise to protect your privacy or have servers near you. Research further and do what no one ever does… Read the privacy policies!! 🙂
    I decided on They have many servers and will automatically tell you which one’s are closest to you by clicking this link:

    Results so far (20 min, so take it with a grain of salt for now)… Drudge instantly came back. TCT used to do this weird wordpress login loop thing and would take several seconds to get to the home pate when first opening it. It seems to pop open instantly now. DNS resolution does appear to be faster a well.

    Another interesting feature is that they maintain their own Top Level Domains (TLD’s). ICANN controls all the public ones such as .com .uk .org, etc. OpenNIC also has their own like .geek.

    They have a proxy web browser as well. Think of it as a HTML made web browser. So you go to their proxy browser site and within your browser is a page that is also browser. Why? Because then all your browser traffic is routed through them. No one can see where you are really going.

    You could also use a public encrypted VPN, but that will put overhead on everything you do and I don’t think most of us are doing anything that needs to go that far.

    My $.02 on tech tips for today. 🙂

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  26. smiley says:

    been missing Eric Holder ?

    well…he’s back..

    Holder Hired To Help California Fight Trump Administration

    Jan 4, 2017

    an “unorthodox arrangement” normally handled by the state’s attorney general….preparing for a “legal brawl” with Trump.

    immigration is just one of the likely brawls…and with that : sanctuary cities, no doubt.


  27. Lucille says:

    “John Kerry, Those ‘Illegal’ Settlements, That ‘Two-State Solution’ (Part I)”
    January 3, 2017 by Hugh Fitzgerald

    January 4 – PART II:


  28. nimrodman says:

    Another of those knockout attacks that “don’t exist.”
    This time, a 10- to 15-on-1 beatdown of an American soldier in Phillydishu.

    With the typical broken jaw resulting, quite likely from the initial sucker-punch.
    No mention of shattered eye sockets, they must not have kicked him in the face accurately enough while he was on the ground.

    Philadelphia Gang Beats Soldier for Wearing Army Jacket

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    • F.D.R. in Hell says:

      How many times do I have to remind you peeps… 👿

      PHILADELPHIA – Hell’s Branch Office – Open 24/7 for your convenience..


  29. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12’s prayer:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your Love and Salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence as they seek to lead America back to You.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen

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  30. jackphatz says:

    Oh geez!
    I’m watching the program “My 600 LB Life” on TLC. Then they show a promo for another show called “My Big Fat Fabulous Life” !


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